Anna Cataldi is an Italian Author, Journalist and Human Rights Activist. She was appointed a UN Messenger of Peace in 1998. Her book Letters from Sarajevo (1993) chronicled the impact of war on the inhabitants of Sarajevo during the siege. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Ms. Cataldi initiated a project to create and distribute a “passport” version of the Declaration for children. As a freelance journalist specialising in crisis situations, Ms Cataldi has reported from Chechnya, Ingushetia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Angola, Algeria, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan and Indonesia. In the course of the past eight years, as a Messenger of Peace committed to raising awareness of the plight of children in armed conflict and that of displaced persons and refugees, she has undertaken several missions to war-affected countries. As one of the founding members of “The Crimes of War Project”, Ms Cataldi is currently involved as researcher at the Sociology Department of the University of Milano-Bicocca as part of the group researching on “Genocide and War Crimes”.